NFL: 25 Most Disappointing 1 Seeds In NFL Playoff History

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It’s playoff season in the NFL, and that means one team is getting ready to make their fans extremely happy. However, some years a team that comes into the postseason with all the hype ends up being extremely disappointing. 

The NFL Playoffs are upon us, and the number-one seeds are hoping to have an easier time than the ones on this list. The number-one seeds traditionally have the easiest runs to the Super Bowl. Now, it’s even better as they are the only team in the NFL that gets a first-round bye. Just because they get a free pass in the Wild Card round doesn’t mean they are infallible from falling to an early opponent.

We have literally dozens of opportunities when the number-one seed went into the playoffs with all of the hype in the world, but they fell well short of their expectations. Most of these teams were Super Bowl favorites, or at least these teams were close to it. They were the best team in their conference during the regular season, and many of them couldn’t even win a playoff game.

Football is a game of inches, and simple mistakes could lead to losses. These star-studded teams missed out on winning the big game. The biggest names in the history of the sport show up on this list. Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Joe Montana, and Patrick Mahomes are just some of the quarterbacks who went into the postseason with Super Bowl hype, but they fell way short of where most expected them to be. These are teams that were supposed to make it to the Super Bowl. They were supposed to lift up the Lombardi Trophy. Instead, they were golfing by the Pro Bowl.

These teams sometimes learned from their mistakes, and other times they never returned to these heights. Football is a fickle game, and when it’s your time to shine, you need to shine. If you don’t, it could all be gone in one three-hour span. These teams know that all too well.